By Gwendolyn Rahn
Updated Jun 08, 2014 @ 5:50 am
Julianna Margulies
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Happy 48th Birthday, Julianna Margulies! The New York native initially set off Hollywood radars with her critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning performance as the endearing Nurse Carol Hathway on the '90s powerhouse drama ER. The actress has since catapulted into the spotlight as the star of the popular, fashion-forward TV drama The Good Wife.

Admittedly the third pick for the show’s leading lady – the perfectly coiffed and complex lawyer, Alicia Florrick – Margulies has nailed the quintessence of boardroom chic and has garnered a plethora of awards to show for it, including a Golden Globe.

Nowadays, the brunette beauty, who was once dubbed by People as one of the most beautiful people in the world, is busy juggling stardom and family life with her handsome, real-life-lawyer husband (talk about courtroom inspiration!) and their 6-year-old son.